Eurosatory 2014

Small and wide (ES14E3)

18 June 2014

UAV operators want smaller-sized hangars with a wide opening through which to manoeuvre their unmanned aerial vehicles, the largest of which is the MQ-9 Reaper MALE with a wingspan of 20.1m. This prompted UK firm Rubb Buildings (Hall 5, Stand J512) to design the 12m x 28m aluminium-framed UAV POD.

The seventh hangar to be introduced to the company’s Expeditionary Forces Aircraft Shelter System range, the UAV POD was designed for rapid erection with minimal use of machinery. It is lightweight for ease of transport, yet suited to military load specifications (100kg/m2 snow loading and 41.6m/s effective windspeed). It features a single-span mono pitch roof structure, consisting of a series of columns and pinned rafters at 4m centres. Vertically braced bays strategically placed on all planes provide the in-plane and lateral stability of the building.

Rubb adapted its standard ‘heli-door’ system to provide the large opening for the UAV to enter and exit the building.

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